Pita, Jkaem Among Those Signed to CSGO Dignitas
With Faruk “Pita” Pita as their in-game leader, the roster is mostly composed of former FaZe Clan members with Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad and Mikail “Maikelele” Bill having played alongside Ricardo “fox” Pacheco on FaZe early last year. That said, the new team is full of seasoned veterans.
For newer fans, Pita is likely better known for his coaching role, having coached Ninjas in Pyjamas from 2014 to 2015, and Counter Logic Gaming from 2015 to 2016. However, Pita’s career in Counter-Strike is a long and storied one that began back in 2008 with 1.6. Playing for teams such as Fnatic, Meet Your Makers and SK Gaming, Pita has been a constant participant in the scene. Yet, for all of his experience, the last couple of years have been less than kind to his career stats, regularly seeing his teams fall to the bottom of the standings at premier events.
Maikelele’s time in Counter-Strike is just as extensive, his career having kicked off in 2010 with 1.6. The skilled AWPer is best known for his time with FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas, which he played for from January-March of 2016 and November of 2014-March of 2015, respectively. Maikelele has also seen a rather unfortunate year, failing to qualify for several premier events and falling short of expectations at those he did qualify for. Maikelele most recently placed 17th-32nd at the second qualifier for ECS Season 3 – European Development League, which he competed in as a part of japaleno’s lineup.
Although the vast majority of his career in Counter-Strike was spent with Portuguese team k1ck eSports Club, which he played under from 2007 to 2015, fox’s strong international recognition comes from time spent on G2 and FaZe Clan. The secondary AWPer and rifler recently played in the first ELEAGUE Major under SK Gaming, where they placed a respectable 3rd-4th after falling to CS:GO powerhouses Virtus.pro in the Semifinals.
In a statement, fox expressed his enthusiasm for the new lineup, believing that their promising synergy comes from the team having known each other for some time.
“We are eager to begin practicing with this new lineup, we’ve all known each other a long time and believe we will have good synergy,” wrote fox, “Through hard work and preparation we will do our best to live up to the expectations of our fans and become a top, international team. We have the most supportive fans in professional gaming and we know they will be excited about this new line-up.”
Of the three former FaZe members, jkaem has spent the most time with the team, having only left the organization yesterday (March 20th) after being moved to a substitute role in November. At DreamHack Masters Las Vegas he dropped to 9th-12th in the standings with FaZe Clan, and 3rd-4th at ELEAGUE Season 2 in December. Out of the entire team, jkaem also has the least amount of competitive experience; the 23-year-old support rifler only stepped into professional Counter-Strike at the end of 2014.
As opposed to his teammates, entry fragger Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel will find the acquisition more of a homecoming than a new endeavor. RUBINO was a part of Team Dignitas’s former CS:GO squad, which he was a part of for over a year. His time on ex-Dignitas helped lead them to first place at several events, including EPICENTER 2016 and DreamHack Tours 2016. He most recently came in 5th-8th at the ELEAGUE Major with North.
The team will make their Team Dignitas debut at ECS Season 3 Europe League, which kicks off on March 31st.
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